10 of the best 50 things events 2014

This summer holiday fill your days with challenges and adventures. We're encouraging children to show nature they care by getting them up off the sofa, jumping into the great outdoors and having lots of fun discovering the natural world.

With an extra hour of sunlight on your side and hundreds of adventurous ideas for all the family to enjoy, including hunting for bugs, flying kites and even snail racing, here’s our top 10 activities and events to get you started on the ‘50 things’ list.

    1. Climb a tree

    Croome, Worcestershire
    Tree Climbing, 22 August, 20 September, 27 October 10.30am–4.30pm

    Spend an hour with two highly-skilled instructors who will teach you how to use ropes, knots, carabineers and a harness to climb to the top of a tree and zip wire back down. While you’re up there take a look at the view from the top over the landscaped park. Afterwards let the children run wild, have fun and make their own adventures. There's lots of space to run around and miles of interesting walks and follies to discover with the whole family.
    Activity led by the Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Booking essential, email Adam for more info.

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    2. Hunt for bugs

    White Park Bay, County Antrim
    Go Wild with the Wardens, 22 August, 10am–12pm

    Join the rangers for a morning of fun and adventure on a beautiful stretch of golden sand on the North Antrim coast. Have a go at completing some of your 50 things with building a den, hunting for bugs and much more. What’s the creepiest crawly you can find on this stretch of golden sand. Meet at the car park in White Park Bay.

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    3. Create some wild art

    Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria
    Wild Art Wednesdays, 20 & 27 August, 11am–4pm

    Set your creativity free and find lots of materials that vary in colour and texture from around the grounds once owned by William Wordsworth. Create some wild art using the natural materials found in the woodland. With ranger tips and activity sheets available, you’re sure to create a masterpiece.

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    4. Fly a kite

    Brancaster Estate, Norfolk
    Wild Wednesdays, 20 & 27 August. 10am–12.30pm & 2pm–4.30pm

    Join the team on the Brancaster Estate for a day of ‘50 things’ themed family fun on the Norfolk Coast. There’s a lot to do from kite flying to stone skimming, tracking a wild animal or making some coastal wild art. You can visit for as little or as long as you like and you can dip into activities throughout the day. So grab your scrapbook and start ticking off your ‘50 things’ and have some adventures.
    Booking essential

    5. Play pooh sticks

    Morden Hall Park, London

    Morden Hall Park is a green oasis in the city. It used to be a deer park and is one of the last remaining country estates in South London, lining the River Wandle. Surrounded by meadows, trees and the gentle sounds of birdsong and running water, the park offers a rare sense of discovery and is the perfect place to play pooh sticks. The park has several bridges where you can challenge your family to a race, so choose your stick wisely and take on the challenge.

    6. Plant it, grow it, eat it

    Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire
    Children’s Gardening Club, 31 August, 1pm–2.30pm

    Just like you, fruit and vegetables need a bit of time to grow but they’re definitely worth the wait. If you’re willing to get your hands dirty and you want to have a go at growing your own fruit and vegetables, then the gardening club at Biddulph is the place to be this summer. Learn to grow an array of different fruit and vegetables from seed. Find out how to care for them and then take all of the produce you grow home to make a delicious meal.
    Booking essential, Price: £3.

    7. Build a den

    The Vyne, Hampshire
    Build a den, 29 August, 12pm–1pm

    Visit The Vyne this summer and see if you can build one of the biggest dens you’ve ever seen. The Vyne’s outdoors team are holding special woodland workshops where kids can pick up top tips on how to make a brilliant hideaway. Spend some time collecting together the best materials, and use them to make a den that you can even stand up in. Collect branches, twigs and leaves to make a cosy den. After you’ve built your den explore the woodlands and see if you can spot any woodpeckers, jays and rare waterfowl.
    Price: Suggested donation £2.

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    8. Set up a snail race

    Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
    50 things - Snail racing, 20 & 26 August, 11am-4.00pm

    There are lots of animals to discover this year at Wimpole. A working estate still guided by the seasons, you can visit the piggery, goats and Longhorn cattle. It’s not all about the big animals though, take part in a snail race and tick off number 17 on your list.

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    9. Explore inside a tree

    Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

    It’s time to tick off number 22 of your ’50 things’ list and climb into one of the amazing hollow tree trunks at Dyrham Park, near Bath. Some of the great trees at Dyrham are over 300 years old and their trunks are massive. Down by the house is a set of ancient plane trees that are perfect for climbing inside. Just remember, there could be a big black crow lurking inside who might be surprised to see you. Lots of insects live inside hollow trees, like beetles, eating the rotting wood. Look closely and you’ll see their burrowing holes.

    10. Make a daisy chain

    Basildon Park, Berkshire
    50 things - Create some wild art, 21 & 28 August, 10am–5pm

    Get creative with twigs, leaves and flowers you can find in grounds at Basildon Park. You can find lots of daisies around the garden and parkland. Pick a few and make a beautiful chain for the summer time. While you’re there follow the new wild wood walk up to the house. There’s lots to explore, including stepping stones a woodland tunnel and a bridge.
    Price: £3.